"Today we enter the season of Lent, the 40-day journey through the wilderness of our struggling lives to the triumph of the Resurrection"
Our Ash Wednesday Service was very moving tonight.
As we were reminded that we have all "stuff" we have to deal with and nail to the cross.
Things we need to lay on the alter.
I certainly had my share of things to confess.
So, tonight --
This is my prayer....
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.2
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.4
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.5
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.6
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.8
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.9
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.14
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.15
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.16
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.17
My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.